ATF Decided Banning Ammo A Mistake, Now Democrats Want To Buy Back Guns With Federal Money
Since the ATF decided it was a mistake to ban certain ammo, U.S. House Democrats have once again come up with a scheme to come after certain guns. This time, they want to pay you to turn them in.
The director of the ATF quietly resigned on March 31 amid the controversy of the failed “back door ammo ban” for certain AR-15 ammunition. The proposed ban of M855 ammunition validated the NRA’s claim that the administration was willing to even go behind the back of the U.S. Congress to impose gun control on the American people. When the ATF failed, certain Democrats from both the Senate and the House of Representatives proposed legislation that would restart the ammo ban. So far, all those measures have failed.
Now, Democrat Representatives have a new plan to get the “scary looking guns” off the street.
The Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act will be re-introduced next week by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn). This act works with the IRS to provide monetary incentives for gun owners to turn their firearms in to their local police departments.
“Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on Earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield. These weapons were used in Newtown, Aurora and countless other mass shootings across America. And they have been disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers in the line of duty. They have no place on the streets or in our homes.” (Rep. Rosa DeLauro)
While DeLauro is not above admitting she favors strict gun laws and weapons bans, she states this measure should be passed because it doesn’t “force” gun owners to turn in their weapons. This bill instead provides up to a $2000 tax credit — $1000 a year for two years — for anyone willing to surrender their “assault weapons” to local police.
She originally proposed this bill in January 2013, just one month after the Newtown tragedy. The legislation fell short of the votes needed to pass, as the Republicans gained control of the House that same month. Still upset her measures didn’t pass, she plans on re-introducing the same bill next week when Congress returns from recess.
“Just days after the Newtown tragedy, President Obama asked ‘Are we doing enough to protect our children?’ And he admitted the answer is no. That must change.” (Rep. Rosa DeLauro)
Her announcement of this legislation was in conjunction with the beginning of National Public Health Week.
The definition of the term “assault rifle” is not the same thing used by the military or law enforcement as the term used by Democrats in Congress. Automatic weapons are already banned and have been for many years. The high capacity magazines used in Newtown and Aurora were already banned in Connecticut and Colorado. In fact, the Pentagon defines assault rifles very different from Congress.
As the United States Defense Department’s Defense Intelligence Agency book Small Arms Identification and Operation Guide explains, “assault rifles” are “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges.” In other words, assault rifles are battlefield rifles which can fire automatically. (Journal of Contemporary Law)
While the .223 round is similar to the U.S. Military ammunition and used by the most popular “assault rifle” targeted by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Rosa DeLauro, it is not exclusive to the AR-15. Many hunting rifles use this type of ammunition. If you were to use a magazine, put a hand hold, or customize the stock on any of these classic rifles, they become targeted by legislation such as this. These laws are not after “assault rifles,” but “military style” or “scary looking” guns.
She is not alone in wanting to pay you to hand over your weapons voluntarily. The co-sponsors include Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).